E.L. Doctorow Ron Lesser
Billy Bathgate
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Billy Bathgate E.L. Doctorow Ron Lesser In 1930 s New York, Billy Bathgate, a fifteen year old highschool dropout, has captured the attention of infamous gangster Dutch Schultz, who lures the boy into his world of racketeering The product of an East Bronx upbringing by his half crazy Irish Catholic mother, after his Jewish father left them long ago, Billy is captivated by the world of money, sex, and high socieIn 1930 s New York, Billy Bathgate, a fifteen year old highschool dropout, has captured the attention of infamous gangster Dutch Schultz, who lures the boy into his world of racketeering The product of an East Bronx upbringing by his half crazy Irish Catholic mother, after his Jewish father left them long ago, Billy is captivated by the world of money, sex, and high society the charismatic Schultz has to offer But it is also a world of extortion, brutality, and murder, where Billy finds himself involved in a dangerous affair with Schultz s girlfriend.Relive this story through the title character s driving narrative, a child s thoughts and feelings filtered through the sensibilities of an adult, and the result is E.L Doctorow s most convincing and appealing portrayal of a young boy s life Converging mythology and history, one of America s most admired authors has captured the romance of gangsters and criminal enterprise that continues to fascinate the American psyche today.. Billy Bathgate In s New York Billy Bathgate a fifteen year old highschool dropout has captured the attention of infamous gangster Dutch Schultz who lures the boy into his world of racketeering The product o
  • Title: Billy Bathgate
  • Author: E.L. Doctorow Ron Lesser
  • ISBN: 9780061000072
  • Page: 307
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
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    1. BillKerwin says:

      This picaresque novel about Bronx born Billy Bathgate Behan, a street urchin and errand boy for the Dutch Schulz mob, memorably evokes the tough urban streets of the early 30 s, but its principal achievement is the voice of the first person narrator, Billy Bathgate himself.Like his literary ancestor Huckleberry Finn, Billy speaks naturally, with colloquial snap and humor He describes his streets and adventures in the way that an intelligent boy of his age would see them, and he soon convinces th [...]

    2. Jack Tripper says:

      Updated 1 8 17 After having recently binge watched the last couple seasons of Boardwalk Empire, I was in the mood for some 1920s 30s gangster action, and Billy Bathgate scratched that itch nicely It s of a coming of age story as opposed to straight up mobster violence and crime, though there s plenty of that as well Dutch Schultz, a real life bootlegger and numbers runner who controls the entire Bronx, is pretty much a maniac, and I m disappointed that he was barely mentioned in Boardwalk He s [...]

    3. Ahmad Sharabiani says:

      189 Billy Bathgate, E.L DoctorowBilly Bathgate is a 1989 novel by author E L Doctorow that won the 1989 National Book Critics Circle award for fiction for 1990, the 1990 PEN Faulkner Award for Fiction, the 1990 William Dean Howells Medal, and was the runner up for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize and the 1989 National Book Award The story is told in the first person by Billy Bathgate Behan, a fifteen year old boy who first becomes the gofer and then surrogate son of mobster Dutch Schultz A 1991 film base [...]

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    5. Pantelis says:

      Time to return to Doctorow s novels E.L Doctorow was a great American I miss his voice, his wisdom

    6. Fabian says:

      Only one other writer in my mind can spin out such golden tresses, long sumptuous sentences that runonandon imbue an actual soul, a literary ghost that moves on and on and that s Latin America s Gabriel Garcia Marquez.Billy Bathgate is one Outstanding F g Read E L Doctorow gives us another story for us and lots of future readers to savor He is clearly in the good company of E Leonard and M Puzo This is virtuoso storytelling like a movie, as cinematic, but better , and even the myriad minute neve [...]

    7. Derek says:

      The simple truth is no one writes Historical Fiction like Doctorow does Like Ragtime, like Book of Daniel, like Homer Langley, Billy Bathgate is an awesome read that not only tells an individual story, but captures an era so well you are helpless but to be drawn wholly into the romanticism of that era This is a coming of age story, but unlike most stories like that, Billy Bathgate is presented to us in one of the most moving narrative voices ever to grace that niche Billy, for all his intuition [...]

    8. Irene says:

      Doctorow is such a master wordsmith His vocabulary is impressive, his turn of phrase striking, the cadence in his character s voices is captivating This is Billy s story of his attempt to escape his impoverished tenement neighborhood in the 1930s by affiliation with a well known gang of mobsters This runs from funny to morbid, from tender to cruel with amazing agility I enjoyed this book My only problem was that Billy s narrative voice was too sophisticated for a minimally educated 15 year old I [...]

    9. Donna says:

      This is not a book I would have chosen to read on my own, even though I enjoy historical fiction and coming of age stories I m just not that interested in gangsters or reading about what I imagined would be a lot of graphic violence But since my book club wanted to read this book to honor the author who passed away earlier this year, I joined in And to my amazement, I became fascinated with gangster life and the hierarchy within it And I had no problem with the violence which was even less preva [...]

    10. Paul says:

      My first misfire since I came home in November.Huge run on sentences, extensive description, and I m outta here.There are only two humans on earth who should be able to bend the rules of the English language to tell their story Cormac McCarthy and James Ellroy I realize Doctorow came well before these authors, so I can understand why some people may have a soft spot for him Not me.This same plotline of boy meets mafia was done much better in Nicholas Pileggi s Wiseguy, which later became the bas [...]

    11. Elizabeth (Alaska) says:

      This was fun There were a couple of instances of somewhat graphic violence this was Dutch Schultz s gang but not in a squeamish way and so much that I was fearful There was also a somewhat graphic sex scene It was probably a lot graphic when first published in 1989, but sex in books has become graphic of late, and I think this might be a bit mild Doctorow s prose is interesting He is a bit free with his sentence structure and there were a couple of times I went back to reread, wondering if my [...]

    12. Vderevlean says:

      Doctorow reface portretul gangsterului Schultz Olandezul, anii s i de declin Suntem n America anilor 30 i cei puternici controleaz totul Mafia italian i construie te imperiul, mafiile locale se r zboiesc pentru control i suprema ie, iar poli ia mai degrab asist pasiv la acest r zboi civil, n parte datorit corup iei generalizate n lumea aceasta, pu tiul Billy Bathgate i croie te repede drumul spre cercul intim al Olandezului Fascinat de bani, de str lucirea pompoas a eliteri gangsterilor, Billy a [...]

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    14. Bob says:

      Doctorow, you probably are aware, is best known for a kind of historical fiction concentrating on different episodes in 20th century American history everyone from Stanford White and Emma Goldman to Julius and Ethel Rosenberg has their story revisited He adds a few fictional characters typically the narrator , some propulsive but not modernist prose, and the story tells itself This time it is Dutch Schultz, Lucky Luciano and the other gangsters of the Prohibition and just post era The narrator i [...]

    15. Ali says:

      I do enjoy reading Doctorow but I can t find a word, a relevant sentence, something which reveals my high respect to him and his works novels .

    16. Asghar Abbas says:

      Excellent, wordy but excellent.

    17. Alisa says:

      Doctorow s book is a challenging read First, the story is told from the point of view of Billy, a 15 year old boy Punctuation and wording are appropriate to the speaker Second, the story is not told in chronological order, and I had some trouble figuring out the chronology of the events These aspects of the text didn t discourage me from reading the book, but if you re looking for a fast and easy read, this book is not for you.Billy Behan is a 15 year old boy who gets involved with Dutch Schultz [...]

    18. John Perreault says:

      The 1920s 1930s gang world is notorious for its colorful characters Bootlegging, racketeering, and a sense of class created a veneer over the brutality of power and death that often followed these In this novel, Doctorow looks at this life through the eyes of the tiitle character, a 15 year old who not only witnesses murders of those who turn on the main gang leader Dutch Schultz , but also becomes almost a protege of this leader He survives the mayhem The ending is a bit quick and Billy Bathgat [...]

    19. Donna Davis says:

      I have to admit, E.L Doctorow is one of those writers whose work is a sure fire hit for me I love historical fiction, and I admire great word smithery Doctorow is skilled with both.This one is a period piece, a look at a hard time and the ugly risks that some folks took from desperation and perhaps a misplaced idea of what greatness might look like To be sure, the government wasn t exactly setting a good example those who searched for less than conventional means were, in my view, right to rejec [...]

    20. Olethros says:

      Un vistazo ficticio, entre bambalinas, al crimen organizado real G nero Novela.Lo que nos cuenta Billy es un adolescente que, a bordo de un barco en el estuario que hay junto a Manhattan, ve el destino que el mafioso Dutch Schultz le tiene preparado a uno de sus lugartenientes, Bo Weinberg, al que previamente Billy vio reunirse con miembros de un grupo rival Billy entr en el mundo del crimen organizado cuando le cay en gracia a Schultz, que le puso a trabajar como limpiador y chico para todo, po [...]

    21. Nicoleta says:

      Din colec ia Romanul secolului XX de la Univers C nd am citit o, parc m g ndeam c nu am nt lnit carte din acea colec ie care s nu mi plac.

    22. Maddelline says:

      o radiografie a unei societ i care nc nu a apus n ntregime

    23. Debbie says:

      This wasn t exactly what I expected it to be but I m so glad it was a winner within it s own right I really enjoyed it E.L Doctorow is a new author to me whom I discovered on a whim while searching for new books here on From the synopsis I assumed it might be thriller action packed and even when it wasn t so much so, it still was a very good read for what it did bring to the table This is the story of a young man self christened Billy Bathgate, local neighborhood kid slash aspiring gangster cir [...]

    24. Amar says:

      In this book, a fifteen year old kid admires mob life One day, while this kid is juggling for his friends, the great mobster Dutch Schultz rolls up in a big Packard, steps out and, upon seeing Billy juggling five objects, smiles and calls young Billy over He pulls out a wad of bills, peels one off and hands it to the boy.It is this moment that defines young Billy After this encounter, Billy ingratiates himself with Dutch Schultz and works to become, gradually, his protege, doing menial jobs at f [...]

    25. Jo Stafford says:

      Great writing seduces me like nothing else, and this is truly great writing While reading this novel, nothing else existed for me Doctorow has created an unforgettable character in Billy, a 15 year old boy from the Bronx tenements who goes to work for one of the most notorious gangsters of the 1930s, Dutch Schultz This is a vivid portrait of the gangster milieu with its numbers running rackets and its deadly violence Its appeal to a poor kid with limited options and a crazy mother is not hard to [...]

    26. Carol says:

      Doctorow s prose style is surprisingly smooth and hypnotic, making this book about a boy s rise through the ranks of organized crime in the 1930s a wonderful read I was pleasantly surprised by the way Doctorow made both his protagonist and his story clear sighted and balanced Billy never deludes himself about the ugly and violent side of gangland life even while he is attracted by and continues to pursue it Doctorow also gives a lot of attention to the emotional and psychological experience of i [...]

    27. Barbara says:

      This is a remarkable book told from the viewpoint of a capable boy from the tenement streets of the East Bronx who is taken in by the crimeland figure Dutch Shultz It is E.L Doctorow at the near peak of his powers creating a fascinating story by winding history and fiction together My only criticism was that I didn t quite believe the romance of a sub plot which I won t discuss here as it would create a spoiler But, when Doctorow is describing the sites and sounds of the streets or creating the [...]

    28. Joseph says:

      Per Doctorow, the language is dense and the syntax spirals on Yet, rather than alienating or being at odds with the narrator and story, it actually makes both epic I love the rendering of 1930s America, and I love the idea of a mob story beginning on the decline of the characters it s like Greek tragedy as opposed to Shakespearean I knew things were going to fall apart, but the question was how , except of course for Bathgate The final sentence was killer.

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